Last Saturday night, I went to my first daddy-daughter dance. Lauren and I had the chance to go through her school, and we were both excited and not sure what to expect. When we walked into the gym where the dance was held, I had flashbacks to my high school prom. It was beautifully decorated, the food and drinks were delicious, and the darkness of the gym was illumined by the DJ’s impressive light show. When we first walked in, there were a few dads dancing with their daughters, who ranged in age from early elementary to high school. The dads seemed mostly comfortable on the slow songs, but here’s what I noticed on the fast songs: those dads (I did it, too) were knocking themselves out to be the best dance partners for their daughters. There was not much dance talent in the room, but what we lacked in talent, we more than made up for in effort. The daughters- at least the ones too young to be embarrassed by such things- were delighted by what their dads were doing.
I’ve been thinking about the experience. What would lead a group of rhythmically challenged men to get on the dance floor and give it their all? I can only think of one answer: LOVE. It would not do for me to stand on the edges and tell Lauren, “I love you, but I’m not dancing with you.” In that moment, the proof of my love only had one expression: dancing.
That’s what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. He did not stand away from the action and whisper words about his love for us. He stepped onto the dance floor. His love took action. “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
Give thanks to God for his love that took action in Jesus Christ.
Is there a way your love for another can take action today?
Pastor Daniel
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